Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/31/18

The Improbable Yet Predictable Stardom Of Victor Oladipo (from Nick Zappulla, RealGM):
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Interview (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Best Bargain FA Deals This Offseason (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Why Jimmer Expects Trae To Have More NBA Success Than He Did (from Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports):
Drummond: Adding Three-Point Shot To Arsenal (from Joseph Casciaro, The Score):
Knicks’ GM Scott Perry: Calm & Sticking To The Plan (from Steve Popper, Northjersey.com):
The Best And Most Underrated Offseason Moves (from ESPN):
The Four Basketball Rules You Always Get Wrong (from Coach Nick/Ronnie Nunn, BBall Breakdown):
LBJ Shows Off His New School (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
After Medical Procedures, Paul George Is Looking Like His Old Self (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Video Breakdown: Daniel Theis, Rim Protector (from Celtics Blog):
Khris Middleton: (Re)Setting The Standard (form Eric Nehm, bucks.com):
Wizards Give Enigmatic Dwight Howard His (Latest) New Chance (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Jarrett Allen Embraces Life On And Off The Court (from Leo Sepkowitz, Bleacher Report):
Look To The Past To See How Dubs Could Use Cousins  (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Suns: Evaluating A Josh Jackson/Mikal Bridges Pairing (from Roger Acker, Valley Of The Suns):
Pistons: What To Expect From GRIII (from Justin Lambregtse, NBA Analysis Network):
Bucks Set Up To Succeed With Help From The Wisconsin Herd (from Adam McGee, Behind The Buck Pass):
Longest-Tenured Head Coaches (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Why Jock Landale Rejected NBA Offers (from Michael Randall, Fraser Coast Chronicle):
The (Updated) Math Of Transition Defense (from Joseph Nation, Nylon Calculus:
Game Theory And The Deep Three (from Senthil Natarajan, Nylon Calculus):
Real Plus-Minus Is Less Real When Players Change Teams (from Andrew Johnson, Nylon Calculus):
NBA Policy Gives Long-Term Employees Sabbaticals (from John Lombardo, New York Business Journal):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/15/18

Doncic: Living HIs Best Life Twice (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Drafting A Top-5 Center: Riskier Than Ever Before (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Lonnie Walker & Zhaire Smith: The Most Known Unknowns Of The Draft (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
A Deep Dive On Zhaire Smith (from Mike O’Connor, The Athletic):
Michael Porter’s Back Injury, Explained By A Surgeon (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Miles Bridges’ Shooting: More Than Meets The Eye (from Trevor Magnotti, Clips Nation):
NBA Talent Evaluators Intrigued By JJJ’s All-Around Potential (from John Denton, magic.com):
Q & A: Draft Prospect Arnoldas Kulboka (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Each Team’s Biggest Draft Question To Answer (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Every Lottery Teams’ Plans A, B & C (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Mikal Bridges: The Rare 4-Year Player Destined To Be A Lottery Pick (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
Is Ayton A Better Defensive Prospect Than His Numbers Indicate?  (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
There’s Never A Bad Time Wirth DeAndre Ayton (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
How Bamba’s Help Defense Might Translate To The NBA (from Dylan Murphy, Cleaning The Glass):
Bulls Bring In Trae Young For Pre-Draft Workout (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Q & A: Mavs’ GM Donnie Nelson On The Draft (from Tim Cowlishaw/Chuck Cooperstein, KESN/Dallas Morning News):
Cavaliers’ Offseason Preview (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
What We Know, And What We Have To Find Out About The Latest Coaching Hires (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Stealing How The Rockets Use Capela Could Benefit The Pistons (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
Nick Nurse Made A Lasting Impression On Masai Ujiri (from Associated Press):
Nurse Intends To Think Outside The Box (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):
Danny Green: There’s No Locker Room Tension With Kawhi (from Marilyn Dubinski, Pounding The Rock):
Danny Green’s Offensive Decline (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
Debunking 5 Myths Re: The Dubs’ Season (from Daniel Hardee, Golden State Of Mind):
Khris Middleton: Poised To Help Take Bucks To Next Level (from Max Resetar, slamonline.com):
Brett Brown’s Ability To Learn On The Fly Will Be Tested (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/21/17

Antetokounmpo’s Playmaking Value  (from Nick Sciria, Nylon Calculus):
How Brett Brown Got The Sixers Through “The Process”  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):
Why Embiid Can Be The MVP (from Matt Orminski, Hashtag Basketball):
 The Bucks Are The Only EC Team Keeping Pace With The Sixers (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Tyus Jones Has Earned His Opportunity (from Michael Marzec, Hashtag Basketball):
OJ Mayo Fights To Save His NBA Career (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Nets: Rebuilding From Ground Up (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Nuggets: Making Small Steps Toward Greatness (from Matthew Huff, Nugg Love):
Steve Kerr Interview, Part II  (from Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle):
Raptors: Can Norman Powell Be The Difference Maker? (from Thomas Rende, NBA Math):
Q&A: How Will The Tampering Charges Proceed? (from Ohm Youngmisuk/Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Ariza: Finally Getting His Due (from Kelly Iko, 94feetreport.com):
The Pistons Traded Continuity For Possibility (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
2018 Draft: Are These Prospects Overhyped?  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/17 PART ONE

Defensive Philosophy: Draymond Green Q & A (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/07/draymond-green/

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19095972/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-rajon-rondo-nba

 

 

 

Horford & The Celtics’ Defensive Rebounding Struggles (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/07/nylon-calculus-al-horford-celtics-defensive-rebounding/

Latest Twist In D’Antoni’s Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Latest-twist-in-Mike-D-Antoni-s-offense-taking-10969231.php?t=f10c5562a1438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

Why Chris Paul  Has Become The “Forgotten Man” (from Andrew Miller, 16 Wins):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/chris-paul-has-become-the-forgotten-man-19d7ca0c391

Khris Middleton Is (Secretly) One Of The Best Players In The Assn. (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-milwaukee-bucks-khris-middleton-secretly-great-23e6de47dc96

Kyle Lowry’s Return  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/raptors/kyle-lowry-returns-raptors-emphasis/

Made-Up Awards For 2016-17  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/07/nba-awards-alternative-russell-westbrook-golden-state-warriors

–  Blake Griffin Is Heating Up  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/blake-748706-jordan-clippers.html

–  Will The Cavs Use A “Secret” Fix In The Playoffs?  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2702251-the-cleveland-cavaliers-have-a-secret-weapon-for-playoffs-but-will-they-use-it

The Suns’ Chronic Fouling (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-suns-get-whistled-more-than-a-high-school-gym-class/

JVG Q & A (from Russ Bengtson, Complex.com):

Read it here:  http://www.complex.com/sports/2017/04/jeff-van-gundy-doesnt-think-its-guarantee-cavs-make-it-out-to-the-finals

Nogueira: Buried On Raptors’ Bench  (from Jordan Kligman, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/toronto-raptors/content/bebe-sleeps

The Timberwolves’ Improvements This Season (from Cyril Girgis, Dancing With Wolves):

Read and watch it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/04/07/3-areas-timberwolves-improved-last-season/

MIP Candidates (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2701552-metrics-101-whos-really-the-nbas-most-improved-player

The COY Candidates (from Matthew Perez, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2017/04/07/a-case-for-gregg-popovich-coach-year/

Budenholzer: Still An Elite Coach  (from Xavier Cooper, Soaring Down South):

Read it here:  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/04/07/dont-let-this-season-fool-you-mike-budenholzer-is-still-one-of-the-nbas-elite-coaches/

Kings’ Rookie Skal Labissiere (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700638-god-has-a-plan-the-seas-have-parted-for-kings-rookie-skal-labissiere

NOTE:  This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  We will publish PART TWO later today.  Stay tuned.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/5/17

Khris Middleton: The Perfect Complement To Giannis (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/khris-middleton-bucks-giannis-playoffs/

GSW 121, MIN 107 (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/04/warriors-sprint-away-from-timberwolves-with-another-dominant-third-quarter/

When Klay Thompson Takes Over (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/04/warriors-klay-thompson-kevin-durant-stephen-curry-steve-kerr

Steph Curry Is Magic Again  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-warriors-arent-better-without-kevin-durant-but-stephen-currys-become-magic-again-171130054.html

David West: Giving GSW More Than Its Money’s Worth (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/david-west-giving-warriors-more-than-their-moneys-worth/

Testing An Innovative Approach To Crunch Time (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078511/zach-lowe-basketball-tournament-innovative-end-game-rule

Sixth Man Of The Year Candidates (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/argument-every-2016-17-sixth-man-candidate/

Paul George Is Playing At All-NBA Level Again  (from Cameron Stewart, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/paul-george-is-playing-like-a-superstar-again-a6070448201b

Jaylen Brown: Still Not Getting The Credit He Deserves (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/05/jaylen-brown-continues-to-be-overlooked/

Shelvin Mack Adds To Jazz’ Versatile PG Position  (from Adam Coffman, Purple And Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/04/utah-jazz-shelvin-mack-adds-point-guard/

Prospects To Watch In D-League Playoffs (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/d-league-tavares-moreland-brown-blue-playoffs/

James Johnson MIP?  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article142672154.html

Bradley, Smart, Crowder: Celtics’ Unmatched Defensive Trio  (from Marc D’Amico, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-040417-bostons-defensive-trio-is-unmatched-in-nba/

–  How Will The NBA  Address The Star Player DNP-Rest Issue? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents19071734/end-82-game-nba-season

–  How Dirk Has Changed The Game  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700301-generation-dirk-nowitzkis-heirs-on-how-the-dunking-deutschman-changed-the-game

–  Dirk: Relishing His New Role As Mentor (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078307/nba-dirk-nowitzki-relishing-new-role-dallas-mavericks-mentor

Singular Trait Links Saric’s Qualities (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-singular-trait-links-sarics-endearing-qualities

Is Nwaba A Keeper?  (from Shereen Rayan):

Read it here: https://lakeshowlife.com/2017/04/04/lakers-newest-player-david-nwaba-proving-keeper/

QOTN (from SVG on the Magic’s “Leaked” Board):

“I don’t know that it has any relevance. There’s no big secret there. He’s got the names of good hybrid forwards on the board. Well, we all like those guys. It not like he’s got a secret list. Like, ‘Oh, you like that guy. I would have never thought of that.’ There were no surprises there, it was simply a working board. … I don’t know if there’s any NBA general manager, president or anything who can take a look at that list and do anything with it or gain any advantage by it.”